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Australian Spirituality

This unit will examine the ways in which spiritual yearning manifests itself in contemporary Australian culture. There will be particular focus upon signs of spirituality as they are revealed in the arts, Indigenous culture, volunteerism and the interpretations of religious experience in daily life. Students will examine the ways in which spirituality finds expression in a multicultural, multi-faith context. The unit will also examine some of the reasons for the decline in formal religious life whilst grappling with the reasons why spirituality is largely ignored by the secular mainstream.

Undergraduate: DS3035W
Postgraduate: DS9035W
Undergraduate and Postgraduate
Spirituality (DS)
Theology: Mission and Ministry (D)
Undergraduate: At least two units of prior study, including one in Field D
Postgraduate: At least one Foundational unit
WellSpring Centre   view location >
David Tacey
Class Time
2020: Three hour initial lecture
followed by weekly sessions of 2.5 hours each